Recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Packer Dave Robinson joined the show Thursday to tell us about officially becoming a Hall of Famer.
Robinson said throughout the process he was "relaxed", but that "the last 2 weeks, the finality of the whole situation" dawned on him. He had trouble sleeping and eating during the days leading up to the induction ceremony. When he did manage a bit of sleep he had realistic dreams, one in which "they announced my name first... and another dream where I didn't get announced at all."
During the ceremony itself, Robinson forgot that names were announced alphabetically. After not hearing his name among the first few, his heart "fell to the deepest depth of despair" but instantly shifted to "a high of ecstasy" when he heard "Robinson" called.
Why the induction now? For about 15 years, Robinson's name was taken off the ballet due to a conflict of interest given his position on the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of directors. While it's been a wait, that has only made it more special for Robinson. "Like wine that gets better with age, I think I enjoy this more because I did wait so long."
When asked to share a few stories about his time as a Packer, Robinson immediately reflected upon former Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi, who he calls "a great general manager", and playing during the racial times of the 60s, which he goes more in depth about in his book Lombardi's Left Side.
Robinson's closing thoughts were perhaps the most powerful. "There's nothing like playing in Wisconsin, nothing like playing in the city of Green Bay, nothing like the fans and nothing like knowing that you were personally there, walked on the mecca of pro football - Lambeau Field."